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Carol called from the nursing home that we visit in the mornings. They were given a cat today and it's going to live there. She said it will basically have the run of the place and go where it wants when it wants.

Bentley has never met a cat before so I'm a little concerned about taking him back there.
He heard a cat crying once at the vets office. It was in a carrier and the woman was leaving. Bentley was really excited to go see it but the woman wanted to get out as quickly as possible.

Any advice on preparing him, or the correct way to introduce them?
 

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We have a cat. She is several years old, although we only adopted her around 7 or 8 months ago. "Tory" lives her own life, apart from Max. Max approaches Tory and wants to play, but Tory keeps her distance. Over the years, we have had several cats with our dogs. For the most part, the cats keep their distance. As long as Bentley is leashed, I think everything should be okay. If the cat should approach Bentley, beware of the cat's claws, as they can do some damage.
 

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Thanks, Bentley isn't the only one I'm worried about around the claws. I'm petrified of cats which is why he has never met one :) I actually break out in hives and start sweating if I know I'm near a cat :doh:
 

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I would really hope they would allow the cat to settle into it's new living situation before it would be allowed to meet Bentley. I would think it would be really scared at first. It may take awhile before either one of them is comfortable meeting each other.

We have a new golden puppy that is now 15 weeks. We got Cody when he was 7 1/2 weeks old. We have 2 cats one that has not been near a dog in a little over a year. The other has never met a dog. The one cat that has never met a dog took a week or so before it would venture out of the bedroom. He still hisses and growls when Cody gets near him. The other cat which grew up with dogs took almost a month before he would come out. He avoids Cody at all costs. He still will only come out of the room when he knows Cody is not around.

I am sure once the cat is settled in that Bentley will be ok with it. It may take awhile but they should be able to eventually tolerate each other.
 

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We got a kitten a few months back and Remy was actually terrified of it! :doh: I have pictures of him looking absolutely terrified with the cat near him. Caira, on the other hand, wanted to chase the kitten and play. She is still a pup and her energy was just too high. I made her lie down and brought the kitten over to her, and anytime she would get too rough (she likes to poke things with her nose) I would separate them. Of course, this involved me holding the kitten... so... :p
 

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My Homer raised all our kitties from kittens. It was a mutual lovefest. Only have 10 year old Odys left. He and Homer were best buds. Obnoxious puppy Olliver is trying Old Odys' patience tho. Sigh.

I am sure the new kitty and Bentley will figure it out.
Best advice from me would be for you to remember that your feelings/anxieties will travel down that leash to Big B.
So, maybe u and Bentley can both learn about kitties together. Have no fear :)
 

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